Stephen Ezell

Stephen Ezell
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Stephen Ezell is vice president, global innovation policy, at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He focuses on science and technology policy, international competitiveness, trade, manufacturing, and services issues.

He is the coauthor of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012).

Ezell comes to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he cofounded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries. At Peer Insight, Ezell led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide.

Prior to forming Peer Insight, Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk and the NASDAQ Corporate Services Network, services for NASDAQ-listed corporations. Previously, Ezell cofounded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an honors certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.

Recent Publications

March 16, 2018

Raising the cost of ICT products by levying tariffs on ICT imports from China would reduce growth in U.S. ICT investments, which would lower productivity growth, and thus economic growth.

February 27, 2018

The innovation mercantilist policies which lie at the heart of China’s model of state-led capitalism have been the central force driving this overcapacity across an ever-growing number of industries.

December 20, 2017

DOE invests about $14 billion per year in its 17 national research laboratories. That is a lot of money, and it supports many brilliant minds, but too often the ideas these investments lead to, and the skills that they nurture, are trapped inside the fence line of the labs.

December 18, 2017

The Ex-Im Bank’s role in supporting high-value-added U.S. exports is more important now than ever, especially as international export competition continues to grow unabated, with other countries hungry to export their products and services to international markets and willing to provide extremely generous financial assistance to facilitate those transactions when necessary.

October 26, 2017

To best harness the opportunities presented by IIoT, the United States (like all countries) needs a national policy strategy. An effective national IIoT strategy should address what ITIF calls the 4 Ts: Talent, Technology, Tax, and Trade.

September 28, 2017

By reducing costs, the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) leads to increased use of ICT goods, which spurs productivity and economic growth in signatory nations, while deepening their enterprises’ participation in global value chains.

August 31, 2017

President Widodo promised a renewed focus on innovation and economic growth. But his government has undermined its own strategic goals by badly weakening intellectual property laws that are critical for innovative industries are to thrive.

August 29, 2017

Meet Arthur Zang, a 29 year-old Cameroonian engineer who invented the handheld Cardio-Pad, the world’s first medical tablet facilitating heart examinations and remote diagnosis. The Cardio-Pad is a touch-screen tablet device for conducting cardiac tests such as electrocardiograms in remote locations, and then sending the results to cardiologists in city centers often hundreds of miles away.

August 7, 2017

Rwanda’s government, which has declared a vision of making the country a technology and innovation hub for Africa, has partnered with the startup Zipline to facilitate the real-time delivery of urgent medical supplies, such as blood or vaccines, to patients in remote locations via drones.

July 10, 2017

Driving the transformation of the federal enterprise through innovation is central not just to improving the lives of Americans and boosting productivity, but also to restoring faith in government.

June 26, 2017

Information and communications technologies (ICT) have become so ubiquitous that no company, industry, or country can afford to ignore their impact, argues Stephen Ezell in Vanguardia.

June 22, 2017

Cloud computing represents a key platform technology that is playing an essential and foundational role in enabling the next production revolution. Policymakers should ensure it continues to transform manufacturing and bolster America’s manufacturing competitiveness.

Recent Events and Presentations

March 7, 2018

Please join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the Larta Institute for a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill to explore best practices that leading companies and organizations have implemented to increase opportunities for women and minority entrepreneurs.

December 15, 2017

ITIF, the Washington Innovation Network, and AARP co-hosted a December 2017 event discussing how ICT and innovation can help tackle challenges presented by aging societies and explore how Japan has developed its “Society 5.0” agenda to address these opportunities and challenges.

December 1, 2017

Join ITIF for two expert panels on the intersection of technology and the future of U.S. manufacturing.

November 9, 2017

The emergence of hybrid infrastructure—infrastructure that integrates digital technology with physical infrastructure—will be more efficient and sustainable than the concrete roads and bridges of yesteryear. But the new technologies raise the question of whether to prioritize maintaining existing infrastructure or deploying innovative new infrastructure.

November 1, 2017

Speaking to the Korean Institute for the Promotion of Information and Communications Technologies (IIPT) in Seoul, South Korea, Stephen Ezell explained how digitization is transforming modern manufacturing, and why countries need “Industry 4.0” strategies.

October 31, 2017

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation on “Best Practices to Support Semiconductor Sector Innovation” at the 2017 World Semiconductor Congress in Busan, South Korea on October 31, 2017.

September 13, 2017

The global economy is undergoing a profound transformation as it integrates the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) into modern engineering, production processes, and economic activity. Industry will lead this transformation. But what is the role for public policy?

September 12, 2017

In a presentation to a roundtable gathering of international think tanks in New York City, Stephen Ezell argued we are entering an era of renewed biomedical innovation marked by a wide range of new-to-the-world treatments for cancers, rare and chronic diseases, and other disorders.

August 30, 2017

Stephen Ezell gave a keynote presentation on “Localizing the Economic Impact of Technology Transfer and R&D” to the annual meeting of the Western conference of the Federal Labs Consortium in Pasadena, California.

June 27, 2017

Speaking in Geneva at the “ITA at 20 Forum,” Stephen Ezell explained how accession to the Information Technology Agreement can benefit developing countries.

June 20, 2017

Join ITIF and the Washington Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to discuss key policy and commercial issues and insights on how enterprises and policymakers from the U.S. and Germany are enabling the future of mobility.

June 6, 2017

For more than two decades, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) has underpinned America’s leadership in biopharmaceutical innovation. Join ITIF for a discussion with policy experts, industry leaders, and patient advocates to discuss why a timely reauthorization of PDUFA is critical to the future of medical innovation.